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May 9, 2012

Chilean picks shorter swim to podium

ASUNCION (Reuters) – Chilean swimmer Kristel Kobrich is concentrating on just one race at the Olympic Games in London, to avoid a repeat of the psychological burnout that shattered her medal dreams in Beijing four years ago.

Kobrich, a veteran of two previous Games and one of Chile’s medal hopes in London, will take part in the 800 meters freestyle and give the 10km open water race a miss.

May 9, 2012

Olympics-Chilean picks shorter swim to podium

ASUNCION, May 9 (Reuters) – Chilean swimmer Kristel Kobrich
is concentrating on just one race at the Olympic Games in
London, to avoid a repeat of the psychological burnout that
shattered her medal dreams in Beijing four years ago.

Kobrich, a veteran of two previous Games and one of Chile’s
medal hopes in London, will take part in the 800 metres
freestyle and give the 10km open water race a miss.

Jul 4, 2010

Uruguay captain Lugano doubtful for semi-final

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Uruguay’s captain and inspirational defender Diego Lugano may not be able to shake off a knee injury in time for the South Americans’ World Cup semi-final against Netherlands, he said on Sunday.

“It’s complicated because the time between one match and another is very short,” said Lugano, who limped off after damaging a right knee ligament during Uruguay’s quarter-final win over Ghana.

Jun 9, 2010

Mexico’s Franco eager to get the party started

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Mexican striker Guillermo Franco is itching to run on the pitch for the opening match of the World Cup on Friday against hosts South Africa.

“It’s a blessing from God, not everyone has the opportunity to kick off the World Cup and we’re aware that millions of people will be watching,” he told reporters on Wednesday.

Jun 7, 2010

Party for poor Nigerians almost S.African tragedy

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Reuben, like many Nigerians who live in South Africa, felt the impact on Sunday of being unable to afford a World Cup ticket when he was hurt trying to get into a game to watch his national team for free.

Thousands of Nigerians turned up at the Makhulong stadium outside Johannesburg looking to enjoy Nigeria’s friendly against North Korea, a warm-up for the tournament which starts on Friday.

Jun 6, 2010

Policeman badly hurt in fans’ stampede

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – At least nine people, including one policeman, were taken to hospital after a stampede broke out during a pre-World Cup friendly match at the Makhulong Stadium between Nigeria and North Korea on Sunday, police said.

The match was briefly stopped early in the second half because of the injuries and safety of the fans in the overcrowded main stand where the fencing had been removed.

Jun 2, 2010

Blatter praises Mandela at stadium handover

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – FIFA president Sepp Blatter called Nelson Mandela “the most charismatic humanist alive” when Soccer City, venue for the World Cup’s opening match, was officially handed over to soccer’s ruling body on Wednesday.

Blatter, speaking to reporters, also described the 90,000 capacity stadium as a magnificent flagship for Africa.

May 21, 2010

Philosopher Bielsa is Chile’s unlikely hero

SANTIAGO (Reuters) – Marcelo Bielsa has performed something close to a miracle by guiding Chile to the World Cup finals and Chilean fans have responded by holding candle-lit vigils in his honor.

Bielsa was just about the most despised man in Buenos Aires in 2002 when his Argentina side were dumped out of the World Cup in the first round. He quit two years later and disappeared from view, reportedly retiring to his farm to read books and watch his vast collection of soccer videos.

May 21, 2010

Soccer-World-Philosopher Bielsa is Chile’s unlikely hero

SANTIAGO, May 21 (Reuters) – Marcelo Bielsa has performed
something close to a miracle by guiding Chile to the World Cup
finals and Chilean fans have responded by holding candle-lit
vigils in his honour.

Bielsa was just about the most despised man in Buenos Aires
in 2002 when his Argentina side were dumped out of the World Cup
in the first round. He quit two years later and disappeared from
view, reportedly retiring to his farm to read books and watch
his vast collection of soccer videos.